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Also, do yourself a favor and get a table nest to sit place the egg on. Air gap is the best insulator to ensure that your egg doesn't start your table on fire. Paver stones will eventually crack and may cause your table to burn.
Bottom line: If you're happy with the stock grate or your High Que, don't worry about getting a basket. If you're curious, try one....
As I said before, I didn't see the need for it. Now, having used the KAB for a whole bunch of cooks, I see many advantages over the stock fire grate and the High Que. The egg still holds plenty of lump for long cooks and I don't have to worry about how many holes I have open like the stock grate. (Mine always used to get clogged with small lump, not ash) It also keeps the side holes cleaner on the fire box. It seems that less of the small burning pieces fall thru the basket than with the High Que too. My aftermarket grates always slid around (annoying) when I was trying to stir the lump and get rid of the ash to start the egg. Non-issue with the basket now.
As far as controlling temp, the lower vent and daisy wheel are what controls the temp - basket or grate really doesn't make any difference unless the holes are clogged. The basket just removes the opportunity to have the fire get choked out by an ash clog. There's lots more channels for the lump to get air once it has passed through the lower vent. That air is limited by the amount you open the lower vent.
As far as clean-out, I usually leave some ash in the bottom of the egg to offer a little "insulation" from burning lump laying directly on the bottom of the base. I certainly don't clean out after every cook.